Prep Time 20 minutes - Total Time 4 hours - Serves 5 Forgot get your normal bolognese, my ragu is made using actual cuts of beef & pork. Cooked low and slow in a rich tomato and red wine sauce tossed together with spaghetti and fresh herbs. Using actual cuts of meat instead of mince, which is what you normally find in Bolognese makes a world of difference. (You will also find this recipe on page 70 of my book Richard’s Family Favourites click here) Ingredients 400 g of diced
Prep Time 10 minutes - Total Time 30 minutes - Serves 2 Seafood pasta, does it get any better? Not really, unless you were sat somewhere hot and sunny, wearing sunglasses and facing the Mediterranean sea. Then I’m sure this dish would taste even better. This is the kind of food that gets me in the holiday mood and has me dreaming of eating my way around Italy. (You will also find this recipe on page 72 of my book Richard’s Family Favourites click here) Ingredients 150 g of or
Prep Time 10 minutes - Total Time 20 minutes - Serves 2 This is an absolute cracking recipe. Easy and quick to make and the salad with the apple makes for a perfect side. I’ve obviously used chicken in this recipe, but in the past, I’ve used pork and it works so well. Chicken Ingredients 2 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless. 60 g of panko breadcrumbs. 1 lemon, zest only. 30 g of parmesan cheese, freshly grated. A few fresh thyme sprigs, leaves only. 1 egg, whisked. 30 g o
Prep Time 15 minutes - Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes Get a taste of Greece at home with my Pastitsio. Pastitsio is a Greek pasta dish that is made with beef, a béchamel sauce and baked in the oven similar to a lasagna in some ways. This recipe was taught to me by my Greek friend Emilio and although it won’t be as good as his, it’s definitely a winner in my house and I’m sure it will be in yours. Now like a lasagna it’s a labour of love as there are 3 different stages you need
Prep Time 5 minutes - Total Time 15 minutes - Serves 2 You can take pasta in so many different directions, you can go really fancy with fresh ravioli stuffed with duck and mushrooms or you can keep it simple just like me 🤪 and go with pasta Pomodoro. Normally made with fresh tomatoes but I always have tin tomatoes in and feel they work just as well. Ingredients 200 g of pasta. 1 small onion, finely diced. 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced. 400 g tin of plum tomatoes. Chilli fla
Prep Time 5 minutes - Total Time 15 minutes - Serves 2 So simple, so easy and quick to make, you’ll be sat down eating in 15 minutes. As with all recipes, the key is quality ingredients, so buying the best sausage you can will make all the difference. Sausages, mint and peas work so well together and if I would have had any at the time I would have added some toasted pine nuts. You could also add asparagus if you have any. Ingredients 200 g of pasta. 6 good quality sausages.
Prep Time 2 minutes - Total Time 12 minutes - Serves 2 I recon this is one of the quickest and easiest pasta recipes I’ve ever made. 10 minutes to make, really tasty and it only cost like £0.66p to make 2 portions…. Spaghetti = £0.44p 1/2 onion = £0.15p Tomato pure = £0.07p Rosemary from the garden = FREE Chilli flakes = FREE (I always have these in, I never run out). So it works out at 33p per person, delicious, cheap to make and perfect when you are low on time. Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes - Total Time 15 minutes - Makes 1 Leo is my son and this is his recipe. If you love pesto (who doesn’t) then you need to try out this spinach version. Unlike normal pesto, this has no cheese and you don’t miss it. I think I might start making this one from now on, instead of regular basil pesto. Ingredients 50 g of walnuts. 1 large handful of baby spinach. 100 ml of olive oil. 2 garlic cloves. Method First, get a frying pan over a medium heat and dry fry
Prep Time 5 - Total Time 25 minutes - Serves 2 Pasta doesn’t always have to come with a sauce. Just a few simple ingredients roasted with olive oil, balsamic vinegar then tossed with your favourite pasta. Simple, delicious and ready to eat in under 30 mins. (You will also find this recipe on page 82 of my book Richard’s Family Favourites click here) Ingredients 200 g of pasta of your choice. 250 g of cherry tomatoes, keep small ones whole and bigger ones cut in half. 1 small
Prep Time 15 minutes - Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes - Serves 5 This is a lovely alternative to my normal beef and pork ragú recipe. The pork belly works so well, especially with the fennel and cider. If you love spaghetti Bolognese or slow-cooked ragú you’ll love this recipe too. (You will also find this recipe on page 68 of my book Richard’s Family Favourites click here) Ingredients 900 g of boneless pork belly, rind removed. 1 tbsp of plain flour. 2 garlic cloves, finely s
Prep Time 5 minutes - Total Time 1 hour - Serves 4 If you have never made fresh pasta before, it’s something you need to try at least once. It’s really easy to make, really satisfying and fun to do with the kids. But don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with dried pasta or fresh pasta from the shop I use it all the time, but making your own is always that little bit more special. Ingredients 400 g of type 00 flour or bread flour. 4 large whole eggs or 8 egg yolks. Metho
Prep Time 10 minutes - Total Time 1 hour - Serves 3 One of the reasons that I love pasta so much is because with literally just a few ingredients you can have a superb little plate of food in no time. And this is a prime example, butternut squash, cheese, sausages and pasta, easy and tasty! (You will also find this recipe on page 74 of my book Richard’s Family Favourites click here) Ingredients 200 g of pasta of your choice. 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed. 15 g of
Prep Time 5 minutes - Total Time 15 minutes - Serves 2 You know it's a quick dish when the pasta takes longer to cook than the sauce. This has to be hands down the quickest pasta dish ever. It’s so simple to make that it’s not even really a recipe, perfect for when you don’t have much in the fridge and you are in a hurry. Also if you have some diced pancetta this would work amazing in this recipe. Ingredients 200 g of pasta of your choice. 30 g of butter. 1 lemon, juice only.
Prep Time 10 minutes - Total Time 1 hour - Serves 4 Is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of Mac and Cheese? well this super cheesy mac with a bacon and sage crumb will blow you away! The great thing about Mac and Cheese is that you can take it any way you like, this recipe uses red Leicester, mild cheddar, parmesan and mozzarella, you can even add blue cheese. Ingredients 500 g macaroni. 50 g unsalted butter. 50 g plain flour. 1 large white onion, finely chopped.
Prep Time 5 times - Total Time 15 minutes - Serves 2 It’s no big secret that I love pasta, probably a little too much, probably need rehab, but pasta is life and a life without pasta is not worth living. I especially love a pasta dish that can be on the table in less than 15 minutes and this is one of those dishes. Easy and quick to make and super tasty. Ingredients 200 g of pasta of your choice. 4 smoked streaky bacon rashes, roughly chopped. A handful of fresh herbs, roughl
Prep Time 10 minutes - Total Time 40 minutes - Serves 2 The secret to this pasta bake is good quality sausages. Mixed with chorizo, veggies, pasta and cheese, satisfaction guaranteed. Ingredients 200 g of pasta of your choice. 6 good quality sausages. 80 g of chorizo, roughly sliced. 1 handful of pitted olives, black or green. 1 small courgette, roughly sliced. 1 small onion, roughly sliced. 70 g of ricotta. 450 g of Passata or tomato sauce. Method Cook your pasta according t
Prep Time 5 minutes - Total Time 30 minutes - Serves 2 Ok so pasta and chillies are some of my favourite things to eat, put them together and I’m in heaven. As the name suggests this is a spicy dish but you have full control over it by adding as much or as little chilli as you like. I’ve actually toned it down a little for this recipe as normally I would have it so it blows my head off. Ingredients 200 g of pasta of your choice. 2 chicken breast, sliced in half lengthways. 1
Prep Time 2 minutes - Total Time 10 minutes - Serves 2 This is an absolute mega pasta dish, it’s really easy to make and you can be sat eating it within 10mins. With just a small handful of ingredients you can have yourself a stunning bit of food that when eating it will instantly transport you to a beachside restaurant in Italy. (You will also find this recipe on page 76 of my book Richard’s Family Favourites click here) Ingredients 500 g fresh clams, cleaned and rinsed. 3 g
Prep Time 30 minutes - Total Time 1 hour - Serves 4 Who doesn't love a good soup, it's one of life's simple pleasures. Soup is a lot more than just a bowl of hot goodness, it's a big hug in a bowl; it's a big smack on the lips. In winter they will warm you to the core and in summer will refresh you. Whatever time of year it is soup is always a good idea and this one will knock your socks off. (You will also find this recipe on page 124 of my book Richard’s Family Favourites c
Prep Time 5 minutes - Total Time 15 minutes - Serves 2 If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, I bloody love pasta. In fact, I’m a pasta junkie! And like I’ve also said before, as long as I have pasta in the house I’ll never go hungry. This is a really tasty and super quick recipe, you’ll be eating in 10 minutes. But the key is to have everything ready to go. Ingredients 150 g of mixed wild mushrooms, keep any small ones whole and tear up any big ones. 70 g of dic